After completing an eight-game homestand with a 5-3 record, the Spokane Indians find themselves within one win of first place. Read game story
Three consecutive wins over Salem-Keizer gave the Indians a 9-9 record for the Northwest League's second half, moving them within one game of North Division co-leaders Everett and Tri-City, which won the first-half championship.
Spokane has 20 games remaining, including six against Everett and three with T-C. The Indians begin a three-game series at Everett on Monday night.
Spokane is 1-5 against Everett this season and 5-4 against Tri-City.
"This is a big series for us, obviously," Indians outfielder Jamie Potts said. "We haven't played really well against Everett this year, so we're looking forward to getting back over there, playing them again, and hopefully changing the tides and winning a couple of games. It's a big series against the No. 1 team in this league right now."
Indians manager Tim Hulett didn't need to remind his players of the significance of the series.
"I don't think I should have to talk to them," Hulett said. "If they don't know that Everett's in first place right now and we're going there and we need to get a series win out of there ..."
Spokane wouldn't be in a drastic position without a series win, but the league's regular season ends in three weeks.
"It's not the end of the world, but it's getting down to the end," Hulett said. "We're getting down to a certain number of games and we need to keep pushing in the series against Everett."